28 November 2017

Chemistry and Global Challenges

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 SCI's London Group in partnership with UCL's Chemical & Physical Society

Department of Chemistry

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In his illustrious career, Richard Catlow's research has, amongst other things, developed and applied computer models to solid state and materials chemistry - areas of chemistry that investigate the synthesis, structure, and properties of materials in the solid phase. By combining his powerful computational methods with experiments, Richard has made considerable contributions to areas as diverse as catalysis and mineralogy.

His approach has also advanced our understanding of how defects - missing or extra atoms - in the structure of solids can result in non-stoichiometric compounds. Such compounds have special electrical or chemical properties since their contributing elements are present in slightly different proportions to those predicted by chemical formula. Richard's work has offered insight into mechanisms of industrial catalysts, especially involving microporous materials and metal oxides. In structural chemistry and mineralogy, stimulation methods are now routinely used to predict the structures of complex solids and silicates, respectively, thanks to Richard's demonstrations of their power.

The combination of this research and his position as the Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society put Richard in an ideal position to talk to us about chemistry and the global challenges facing the world today.


Day 1 - 28th November 2017

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Department of Chemistry
University College London,
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ

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Emma Thomas

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Prof Richard Catlow FRS, UCL